Great Sermon! Some one will therefore ask me what counsel I would like to give to a believer who thus dwells in some Egypt or Babylon where he may not worship God purely, but is forced by the common practice to accommodate himself to bad things. The first advice would be to leave [i.e. relocate] if he could.... If someone has no way to depart, I would counsel him to consider whether it would be possible for him to abstain from all idolatry in order to preserve himself pure and spotless toward God in both body and soul. Then let him worship God in private (at home), praying him to restore his poor church to its right estate.
- John Calvin, Come Out From Among Them, The Anti-Nicodemite Writings of John Calvin, Protestant Heritage Press, "A Short Treatise," pp. 93-94
Terrific series! Here are four messages on the atonement that are very helpful because they explain Christ's saving work in the context of Scripture's paradigms and vocabulary (such as OT types and shadows, and corresponding NT fulfillments). This is very important. Most of us tend to overlay our modern-day impressions and ideas onto many Bible topics and passages.
"The whole counsel [or 'resolved plan'] of God" (Acts 20:27) must be considered when weighing, comparing and interpreting one passage in light of another. God's word and the larger matrix of His saving work is the best interpreter of Scripture. These presentations do a good job of recognizing and applying this principle.
There are a couple of places where the speaker gets into a bit of a 'rant' that makes me cringe -- of course, we all have our flaws -- but, overall, this is one of the most helpful series of presentations on the atonement I have found to share with anyone. I really do hope many people will make time to listen to this series carefully.
Great Sermon! Thank you, very clear, courageous and convicting. There are no churches in South Africa that sing Psalms only with no instruments. My family and I have no where to worship with clear conscience. Should we attend a church anyway to hear the Word preached ?
Great Sermon! I really enjoyed listening to this sermon.
This is something I knew in my subconscious
mind, but I couldn't put in words. One of the reasons I pulled my boys out of public school.
Great Sermon! Am thankful god loves the forgotten and broken.
The pastor words might have reach that boy then. It's still in the air, for it has reach me today 2014.
What a God...there's none other.
Great Sermon! Q. 35. How much of the Sabbath is to be spent in the public and private exercises of Godâ€™s worship? A. The WHOLE of it, from the ordinary time of rising on other days, to the ordinary time of going to rest; â€śexcept so much as is to be taken up in the works of necessity and mercy.â€ť - James Fisher, The Assemblyâ€™s Shorter Catechism Explained, p 262
Great Sermon! If they will still cry that we are schismatics and apostates, because we refuse to defile ourselves with their abominations, we cannot but appeal from their corrupt sentence to the uncorrupt Judge, of whose favors we are assuredly persuaded in that point; because he has said, 'Follow not the multitude in evil doing. Ex. 23:2 - John Knox, Works, VI:493.
Great Sermon! Many families in the RPCNA have a very low standard for sabbath keeping. The Lord's Day afternoon is engaged in unlawful recreations and pastimes while neglecting mediation and religious conference on the things heard during public worship.(Lev 23:3)
Nero Is Not the Beast of Revelation or 666 A third reason why Nero Caesar is not a suitable identification for the number of the beast (666) is that for nearly 1700 years no one in the Church was known or recorded (to the best of my knowledge) to offer Neroâ€™s name as the number of the beast (666). Moses Stuart (Commentary on the Apocalypse, pp. 457-458, 1845), himself a Preterist, identifies Professor Benary of Berlin (c. 1840) as the first recorded scholar to propose Nero Caesar (& particularly Nero Caesar in Hebrew letters) as the name of the beast. Although it is not impossible that the true meaning of the number of the beast (666) might be hidden from the whole Church until about 1840, it does seem very unlikely that such would be the case, especially when Nero Caesar is not known to have been even mentioned by any coming from the first century (prior to 70 a.d.) to whom (according to the Preterist) the Book of Revelation was intended. According to the Preterist, those to whom the apostle John wrote the Book of Revelation were suppose to understand that Nero Caesar was intended by the number of the beast, & yet there is not a trace or even the mention of Nero Caesar as the name of the beast prior to about 1840. That seems remarkable to me. - Greg Price, Preterism Refuted #6, http://tinysa.com/141537
Arminianism In Worship (Will Worship) Refuted RELATED QUOTE: "The Regulative Principle of Worship declares that God alone is sovereign in worship. The Regulative Principle of Worship simply applies the principles of Calvinism (i.e. God's sovereign Lordship) to worship, whereas the view that what God doesn't forbid in worship is permitted is applying the principles of Arminianism (i.e. man's sovereign lordship) to worship. Just as fallen man naturally seeks to impose his will in salvation (e.g. "I can cooperate with God in salvation", or "I have a natural freedom to choose Christ"), so fallen man naturally seeks to impose his will in worship ("I can cooperate with God in worship by adding what I desire so long as God doesn't specifically forbid it"). But just as God condemns a man-centered salvation, so God condemns a man-centered worship (Col. 2:23 specifically condemns all will-worship, i.e. all worship instituted by man)."
- Greg Price, Foundation for Reformation: The Regulative Principle of Worship, p. 10, free online at http://ow.ly/wBxUX [at swrb.com]
Oh, for a sight of this today An account by J Barbour Johnston, December 1859, scenes were seen there, I believe, during the height of the revival. So very numerous were the cases, that they found it necessary to have cars regularly in attendance to carry the stricken ones to their own homes. Thus, of a truth, hundreds of those who aforetime were enemies of the Lord fell wounded under the power of His word. Thus, in many cases, the deep inward conviction was accompanied by outward prostration and other physical symptoms. I was deeply anxious to have my mind resolved in reference to these features. I felt that there was a possibility of some such physical effects under a mere panic of a purely natural kind, altogether unallied to the operations of the Spirit of God. But during my visit my mind was entirely resolved; and if I had any lurking doubts, they were dispelled. I was much struck, the first day, with the remarks of one who had seen many of these cases. He said it was as if a man were stripped naked, and laid upon red-hot bars of iron. The stricken one seemed as if in hell, writhing in agony, blind to the outer world, and utterly helpless, until God granted deliverance. He said, "You could never forget such a sight, and could only stand by in silent awe, wondering at God's work."